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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034


In Los Angeles County, 46% of postpartum women are overweight or obese, 20.5% are obese, with a disproportionately higher number of Hispanic and African American women being affected. Maternal overweight and obesity are linked to poor birth outcomes and lower breastfeeding rates. Being overweight or obese before pregnancy increases the likelihood of retaining at least 11 pounds postpartum. Preventive measures and nutritional care should begin preconception and interconception to mitigate overweight problems and other obesity-related pregnancy consequences. As the first teachers in a child’s life, parents play a critical role in teaching healthy behaviors and modeling those lifestyles. Focusing on empowering postpartum moms obtain a healthy weight will not only impact and improve her health, but potentially her children’s as well.

What is CHLA Moms?

Up until now, little is known about weight management during the postpartum period. CHLA Moms healthy weight program for new moms focuses on 3 interventions: breastfeeding, walking and increasing water consumption. The program takes into consideration the fact that participant may have had a surgical or complicated vaginal delivery.  An assessment of the social determinants of health at the beginning of the program will identify any potential barriers that may preclude participation. Resources and referrals will be provided to address those social determinants of health impacting the participant. Guidance on nutrition, stress reduction, and contraception will be available as resources.

With over 92% of new moms using text messaging and social media, CHLA Moms will be delivered as a social media campaign. Text messages will direct participants to weekly curriculum, specific to their post-partum time. During the initial 2 years of the program, data will be collected to assess CHLA Moms effectiveness. in the Breastfeeding education, resources, and support will be offered online and through referrals. Upon completion of the project, we hope to create a sustainable, evidence based postpartum weight management program with a strong social media platform that will be incorporated into groups supporting new moms.

Overall Goal: Reduce obesity among postpartum women in Los Angeles County

Who Qualifies? Any post-partum mom living in Los Angeles County

Cost? Free

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